Those of you who pay close attention to The Security Ledger may have noticed some new artwork gracing our home page in recent days. It is with great pleasure that I note the addition of our newest sponsor: Duo Security Inc., a maker of two-factor authentication technology.
I followed Duo from its earliest days, but my interactions with the company picked up after last year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco, when I had the chance to get briefed by CEO Dug Song about the company’s technology and how Duo was leveraging consumer-driven trends like BYOD (bring your own device) to solve vexing enterprise identity and authentication problems.
Duo, which is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, sells a hosted two-factor authentication service that leverages the cloud and mobile devices to provide a secure login experience using something you know (a password) and something you hold (a mobile phone). The Duo platform provides self-service enrollment and centralized management. If you’re an individual or small time operator, you can use Duo’s technology for free. The company also secures access for employees at some of the leading brands including Facebook, Toyota, Tumblr, Etsy, Toyota and PWC.
As our coverage in the last year has shown: the proliferation and diversity of endpoints that will characterize the next decade – mobile devices, connected appliances, wearable computing – promises to shatter traditional notions about networks, perimeters and identity. Duo is among those companies that has the technology, vision and know-how to be a player in that future.
Since its founding, Duo has attracted some of the best and brightest. In addition to CEO Song (previously the CSO at Arbor Networks), Duo boasts noted security researcher Jon Oberheide (@jonoberheide) as its CTO and recently added Zach Lanier (@quine) to its ranks. Duo’s Security Evangelist Mark Stanislav has been quoted numerous times in our coverage. He’s exploring security issues related to the Internet of Things. Notably: Mark’s work on the IZON wired home surveillance camera was featured on this blog back in October.
Please join me in welcoming Duo as our latest Security Ledger sponsor!